Five state-owned enterprises under the supervision of the Ministry of Economic Affairs are planning to recruit nearly 1,400 employees this year as the government aims to bring in new blood to revitalize company operations, according to a ministry statement issued before the Lunar New Year.
The government is set to release figures on several economic indicators right after the Lunar New Year holiday, including the unemployment figure for last month, and update its GDP growth forecast for this year.
Based on the most recent government data available, a total of 482,000 people were out of work in Taiwan in November, 2,000 less than October, while the number of workers on furlough had reached 11,575 as of Jan. 15, down from 12,487 as of the end of last year.
The government is scheduled to release figures for the number of people out of work last month on Monday and update the number of workers on furlough nationwide on Thursday.
The ministry said the five companies under its supervision — Taiwan Sugar Corp (台糖), Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電), CPC Corp, Taiwan (台灣中油), Taiwan Water Corp (台灣自來水) and Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (漢翔航空) — will release detailed information about their job openings on their Web sites in March.
Jobseekers need to complete two tests before they can be considered for the jobs at the state-run enterprises, with one in April and another in June, the ministry said.
According to the ministry, the jobs will provide an average starting salary of between NT$32,000 and NT$37,000 a month after completion of a six-month internship.
Last year, Taipower, CPC and Taiwan Water offered an average starting salary of NT$36,000 a month, ministry data showed. A total of 50,500 people applied for 926 job vacancies being offered by these three companies last year, pushing the acceptance rate to as low as 1.83 percent, according to the ministry.